Today I had the pleasure of visiting the employment office. The scheduled meeting was to familiarize myself with the computer program that assists job seekers with finding employment. Once completing this meeting, I get approved, sign a sheet and get entered into the employment database having completed the session. It's basically a careerbuilder.com or monster.com for job seekers in Oregon. The program can be used by employed folks as well as the nearly 11% of us unemployed kind. The boil down even more, I HAD to go to keep receiving my unemployment benefit.
The session today offered a little perspective. I found myself in a room full of folks looking for work that just don't have the qualifications or the experience to find a quality job. Many of them don't even know how to work a computer, don't understand what ALL CAPS is and certainly don't grasp the value of personal presentation. As a good friend of mine states on a regular basis, if this is the competition I'm going up against for work, I'm going to be in good shape soon. I know there are many more qualified applicants out there searching for work, but as I wrote yesterday, it's all in a state of mind. I took some positive energy out of my time there and realized good things are coming if I keep doing the right things in my search.
If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting the employment office in your professional life, it is interesting. If you do happen to visit, I hope it's not under the same circumstances I had to visit for. But with anything, it's about the adventure and seeing the humor and education in the experience. I know, a little deep for me, but so true.